As a condition that affects over 40% of the population, it is no surprise that many of us have been affected by snoring in some way.
Seek professional help
At Highworth Dental Care we recommend that you visit your dentist and discuss available treatments as soon as you become aware of the problem. Snoring is a commonly dismissed problem but it should be tackled professionally because if left untreated it can contribute to further conditions including:
- diminished energy
- lack of concentration
- increased risk of stress
- decreased libido
- high blood pressure
- changes in mood or behaviour
- anxiety or depression
What causes snoring?
Snoring is quite simply a vibration. While you are asleep your air passages relax and narrow, which leads to a change in air pressure and causes the soft tissue in your neck and head to vibrate. Your lower jaw and tongue can also fall back during sleep and restrict your airways. When airflow to the body is restricted your lungs begin to draw in more air to compensate. Increasing airflow in this way, to feed the body an adequate amount of oxygen, causes the tissue vibration that we hear as snoring.
Do I snore?
Snoring can affect anyone of any age. About one in four people in the UK snore, and it is most common in adults aged between 40 and 60 years old. You may not be aware that you snore. If you have a partner, it usually falls to them to alert you to a snoring problem.
You are more inclined to snore if you:
- Drink heavily
- Are overweight
- Are taking antidepressants or medication with sedative effects
- You have a cold or suffer from hayfever
- Suffer from sleep apnoea
- Are going through the menopause
Snoring is a chronic condition and can not only indicate health problems but can affect your day-to-day life and cause further issues. Bruxism (or teeth grinding) is also a sign that you may be suffering from snoring or sleep apnoea. If you snore you are also more likely to suffer from a dry throat and mouth, and headaches. These are all signs to watch out for.
What is obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA)?
Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is a common condition where the muscles collapse sufficiently enough to cause a total blockage of the airway for 10 seconds or more. When your body is without oxygen, or a diminished amount, your brain receives a trigger to pull you out of deep sleep and resume normal breathing. This problem can occur repeatedly throughout the night and is most commonly recognised by loud snoring, snorts, gasps, or laboured breathing. Untreated sleep apnoea can put a strain on your heart, as it often results in higher blood pressure which can lead to an irregular heart rhythms.
The Sleepwell anti-snoring remedy
The Sleepwell device is the most clinically proven Mandibular Advancement Splint (MAS) for the treatment of snoring and mild to moderate sleep apnoea. It is a two-piece device worn in the mouth, which primarily works by gently keeping your airways open while you sleep.
More effective solution
At Highworth Dental Care we take an impression of your mouth to make your MAS bespoke to you, we fit it in the surgery and explain how to maintain it so you get optimum performance. The bespoke nature of the service will result in a much better, more effective and more comfortable fit than buying one over the counter or on the internet.
If you or your partner suffer from sleep apnoea or snoring, contact us to arrange a consultation in which we can discuss the best options for you.
Whatever treatment you choose with us at our dental practice in Swindon, you can be assured of the same excellent standard of patient care. We will walk you through every stage of your treatment, looking after you all the way. Book an appointment today.
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